Paxton Lynch will make his first career NFL start for the Denver Broncos. That report comes from Mike Klis from 9News.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said on Friday that he wanted to see how Trevor Siemian responded to more work today and, apparently, didn’t see what he needed to justify putting Siemian on the field. Not just in terms of throwing the football but range of motion and how Siemian could/would defend himself. Kubiak also said on Monday that Siemian is Denver’s starter but added “hopefully he’s going to be OK.”
According to Klis, it’s unclear at this point if Siemian or Austin Davis will serve as the backup to Lynch. Though ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that it’s unlikely Siemian will be active for the game. As Schefter said, that would make Davis the backup.
Lynch took the majority of reps this week and will get to lead the offense against the Atlanta Falcons. He came into the game last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Siemian was carted off because of an AC joint sprain to his left shoulder,
How Lynch responds to this moment makes this “game of the week” a skosh more intriguing. What helps him is not just that Broncos defense but the fact that this game is at home. That should help him in the huddle to make the calls but also not have the added stress of crowd noise. It also helps to face a bad defense, and that’s what Lynch will face against the Falcons. Atlanta is 31st in the NFL in pass defense with 317 yards allowed per game.
We got a taste of what Lynch is capable of against the Bucs in an anything but ideal situation. Now the Broncos and the fans get the first course.
As for what happens after Sunday’s game, Klis reports that Siemian could be on track to start against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.
It’s no doubt an exciting time for Lynch and the organization, but also the fans.
Now unlikely Broncos' QB Trevor Siemian would be active Sunday, making Austin Davis the backup to Paxton Lynch, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2016